Monday, January 21, 2013

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant in Glorietta

Last January 8, we decided to eat out with friends at the newly opened Watami in Glorietta. When my hubby and I first went to Japan back in 2005, Watami was the first restaurant we dined in. Our flight arrived in the evening and when we got to the hotel, everything outside it was already closed except for Watami since it was more of a drinking place there. Still, there was a wide selection of good and reasonably priced food. My only problem with Watami in Japan is that virtually everyone smokes so you're surrounded by this cloudy haze and the cigarette stench sticks to your clothes.

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant at The New Glorietta Mall
I'm so happy that Watami finally opened in the Philippines. The Glorietta branch is a lot more spacious than the one we dined at in Akihabara. People can't smoke inside the premises too so all of us can dine in comfort. Yay!

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant at The New Glorietta Mall
Since we were a group of eight, we were directed to a long table at the one of the corners. Each table is completely equipped with a menu, condiments, and small appetizer plates/bowls you can use. This particular dinner was our mega belated birthday treat to The Club since both hubby and I celebrated in October.

Caesar Salad with Hot Spring Egg at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
Anyhow, we decided to start off with some salads. I ordered Caesar Salad with Hot Spring Egg (P320 full / P200 half) since I saw it in another blogger's post and I found it intriguing. I was kind of let down because it was surprisingly on the bland side.

Watami Salad at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
We also had Watami Salad (P350, pictured above). This comes in only one size. I liked it better than the Caesar Salad as it had a variety of veggies, tuna with mayo, seaweed strips, chicken pieces, and what seemed like crunchy fried wonton strips. It's served with yummy sesame-based dressing too.

Deluxe Assorted Sushi at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
Since I'm a Bistro Premiere Card holder I had a voucher for a free appetizer. We opted for Deluxe Assorted Sushi (Scallop, Salmon, Shrimp) which cost P395.

Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
We also tried Pepper Beef Rice in Stone Pot (P190, pictured above). The concept is similar to Pepper Lunch -- you cook the raw beef with the rice in the super hot stone pot. I was so surprised at how amazing it tasted. I love Pepper Lunch's Beef Pepper Rice but this takes the cake. It's more flavorful without you having to put any additional sauce. The rice gets kinda toasty and crunch at the bottom too. It's cheaper than PL's Beef Pepper Rice to boot, haha! This easily made it to my list of faves.

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
I couldn't help but order Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (P295, pictured above) since it was also what I ordered in Japan. It's very good! Japanese-style pancake consisting of shredded veggies, meat, and seafood all held together by pancake batter. It's topped with Japanese mayonnaise, what tastes like tonkatsu sauce, and tasty bonito flakes. Yum!

Roasted Squid at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
My hubby wanted to try Roasted Squid (P445, pictured above) because according to him it reminds him of those inihaw food items we'd have in resto-bars like Gerry's Grill or Dencio's. I'm not fond of this dish but I tasted it all the same. It was surprisingly delicious. The squid had this smoked flavor and it was served on a bed of slightly sweet soy-based sauce and a bit of Japanese mayo.

Watami Beef Sukiyaki at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
He also ordered his favorite Watami Beef Sukiyaki (P365, pictured above). It's cooked on your tabletop for ultimate freshness. Yum!

Self Grilled Short Ribs at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
Then there was Self Grilled Short Ribs (P295, pictured above). Like some of the other dishes, it's also cooked on your tabletop along with some potato wedges.

Self Grilled Short Ribs at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
Yum! Tender, tasty, and just yummy... I can finish an order all by myself!

Free birthday ice cream at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
Since it was a birthday celebration of sorts, hubby and I each got a free scoop of chocolate ice cream with a candle on it plus a birthday song rendition from the staff.

My Bistro Premiere Card comes with a voucher for 40% off so we paid less than P3,000 for everything we ordered. There were some other food items not shown here like Tonkatsu, Chawan Mushi, Crab Rice(?), Soba with Tempura...

I've actually gone back to Watami for a second round and I got to try a bevy of other dishes but I will post about it another time.

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant
With its delicious food, wide selection, reasonable prices, and great service, Watami is easily a top choice when you want to eat Japanese food. Servings aren't that big though and I estimate one is good for maybe 1-2 hungry folks. Still, I love Watami! I highly recommend it. Here's some good news for Bistro Premiere cardholders like me... get 40% off your total bill just by flashing your card when you dine in Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January 15-30, 2013! Go go! Watami also has a branch at the SM Mall of Asia.

Watami Philippines
G/F The New Glorietta Mall
Makati City

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